Nontouring: The Latest Highlighting Trend

Contouring is so out…the latest trend makeup artists are raving about involves highlighter, highlighter, and more highlighter! Similar to strobing, which often times goes hand-in-hand with contouring, “nontouring” sculpts the face by accentuating the highest planes of the face (i.e. nose, cheekbones, cupid’s bow) with highlighter, explains Glamsquad Director of Makeup Artistry, Kelli J. Bartlett. Nontouring is also more foolproof: Rather than using darker shades, which can appear harsh if applied incorrectly, contouring with highlighter achieves a more natural look by bringing out your best features and keeps skin and makeup looking “g...

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18 Clever Ways to Bring Gardening Into the Classroom

Gardening is a great way to meet science standards, no matter what grade you teach. Whether you’re studying plant life cycle, botany, ecosystems, or something else, there are likely gardening projects out there to bring hands-on learning to your classroom. And there’s no experience required either. 

For years, I’ve been writing about plants and gardening with kids, and I also do a lot of gardening with my own children. I know it can seem a bit involved to bring gardening into your classroom, but it doesn’t have to be. To give you some ideas, I’ve divided these classroom gardening ideas into three levels, from beginning gardener to green-thumb expert. I hope they inspire you to get gardening this month. 

Level 1: Stick to the basics

You don’t have a lot of time to dedicate to a big plant or gardening project, but you’d love something creative to meet your science unit. Does this sound like you? Th...

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The Ultimate Creative Guide to Wall Art

From finding the right wall art inspiration, to ordering your own unique pieces, to hanging them in your living room, decorating takes time and energy. But we want to help make it as easy and fun of an experience as possible. Whether you’re just redesigning a wall layout or decorating an entire house, you’ve come to the right place. We’ll help you choose the perfect wall decor for your personalized design and teach you how to hang it. So when you’re ready to get started, check out our available wall art and read the complete guide below.

What Is Wall Art?

Wall art is a type of decoration ranging from canvases to framed prints to other artistic embellishments that hang on a wall. The wall art that best suits your home depends on your room’s theme, color scheme, and your personal style. Your chosen wall art may range from a selection of canvas prints, art prints, metal prints, wood prints, acrylic prints, calendars, photography,...

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The Long Way to Sarajevo

She pretended to shoot me, the woman in the front seat of the car. She turned, eyes blue and hair white, cupping her arms with an imaginary machine gun. Pfoo, she said, jerking her arms in recoil. Pfoo, pfoo. I had told her I was born in 1992, when the siege of Sarajevo began. She was bringing us to this city, the capital of Bosnia.

I shifted next to my partner, Kenzie, in the back seat, my beard dusty and clothes worn from two weeks traversing the mountains of the Balkan peninsula. We were walking a section of the Via Dinarica Trail, Europe’s newest long-distance hiking route stretching 800 miles from Slovenia to Albania. The woman’s violent mime was not surprising but articulated what bullet-chipped houses had whispered th...

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1 Bowl Vegan Zucchini Bread

This delicious vegan zucchini bread is moist, fluffy and easy to make in 1 bowl! A perfect way to use up leftover zucchinis.

close up of vegan zucchini bread with black and white background.

Everybody needs a good zucchini bread recipe, and this is mine. It’s easy, delicious, perfectly sweet and made in 1 bowl so easy clean up. This vegan zucchini bread is also extremely versatile. Sub whole wheat flour for the white, gluten free if needed, add walnuts or chocolate chips, or make it oil free by subbing applesauce.

If you have extra zucchini that you don’t know what to do with, make a double batch of this bread and freeze a loaf for later. You won’t be sorry you did!

super close up shot of zucchini loaf from top.

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Top 10 Things to Do in Rio de Janeiro

From all holidays in the sun, Rio de Janeiro in Brazil might be the one with the most activities to partake in. With its vibrant nightlife, iconic attractions and one of the seven wonders of the world, the city, which was once the capital of Brazil, has a lot to offer travelers from all different tastes.

1) Museu do Amanhã (Museum of Tomorrow)

Designed by the neo-futuristic architect Santiago Calatrava, the applied science museum aims to create an open dialogue about the next 50 years. It takes in consideration all of man’s alteration of the world in its primary state while emphasizing ethical values and shining light on issues that need our urgent attention. Aside from the expositions available, the museum also host...

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Bright Apartments Styled With Mid Century Modernism


16 Funny (And Memorable) Elf Quotes to Brighten Your Day

Read this list of hilarious Elf quotes to make your day a little brighter. Wether you are looking for a good belly laugh or are a die hard fan of the Elf movie, these are the must-read quotes that you’ll remember and love.

I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing! - Elf

“I’m singing! I’m in a store and I’m singing!” -Elf

I passed through the seven levels of the Candy Cane forest, through the sea of swirly twirly gum drops, and then I walked through the Lincoln Tunnel. - Elf

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Japan’s Super-Moms: Who They Are and Why the Rest of the World Is So Critical of Them

In Japan, some well-off families adhere to a set of unusual parenting rules. It boils down to mothers paying the closest possible attention to their little ones’ education. At times, things border on the absurd: moms enroll 6-month-old babies in kindergartens to prepare them for school, and personally escort 17-year-olds to university exams, holding their hand all the way to the classroom. These women are called ’Kyoiku Mama’ or ’Super-Moms.’

We at Bright Side decided to find out what these ladies are hoping to achieve, what societ...

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